Published On: Wed, Oct 3rd, 2012

Betrian: Nobody will escape screening

WILLEMSTAD - Never in Curaçao will a politician with a questionable past succeed to be Prime Minister. That promises interim Prime Minister Stanley Betrian in an exclusive interview with De Telegraaf from the Netherlands.

"We explain the legal basis for a screening procedure, so that no person will escape this process”, said Betrian, who do not expect to be interim prime minister more than six weeks. A new government must come from the new elections on October 19.

That screening of new ministers is so far not fixed in the ordinance. It presented deposed Premier Gerrit Schotte an opportunity in 2010, despite suspicions of financial malpractice, to become Prime Minister of Curacao. "In retrospect, there was no research done," says Betrian.

After the tumultuous departure of Schotte, who temporarily locked himself in Fort Amsterdam and refused to recognize the interim government, has Betrian, upon entry into the government center, found a miserable financial situation. There is a deficit of around 200 million Antillean guilders, according to Betrian, mainly because the previous government did nothing to the retirement age and increasing medical expenses.

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